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I need something new to try and I am bored with everything, lol.


I have to bring something to church on Sunday for coffee hour.  I try to bring something new every time I am signed up, just to keep myself interested. Plus, my kids like trying new baked goods.  I always make one to bring and one to stay at home, so they love it.


I prefer something that can be baked in a 9X13 pan and then cut to be served.  It also needs to be easy to eat out of hand. I am not a fan of making cookies but I know that is not a popular opinion.  I just hate the dropping them or rolling them..and forget cutouts.  Only for Christmas!


2 weeks ago I made a lemon drizzle cake, last week I made a really good coffee cake from King Arthur. That was fantastic, b/c it was super dense but was a whole 9x13 pan. I think I fed the entire church with that darn cake! I've done banana breads, brownies....


I've got so many recipes at my fingertips, literally thousands, but nothing is exciting me. Lemon bars?  spice cake? a couple pound cakes?  Something with cranberries? Something with pumpkin? Something with apple?


Maybe I have too many choices, lol. I am filled with baking ennui.

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What about something you don't even need to bake. Just make the night before and refrigerate:


2 cups of peanut butter (divided!)

1.5 sticks of butter

2 cups of powdered sugar, (divided!)

3 cups of graham crackers

2 cups (12 oz pkgs) of semi sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels (Divided!)


Grease 13 x 9 pan

Beat 1/4 cup of peanut butter and butter until creamy. Gradually mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar. With wooden spoon (or hands) work in remaining powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs and 1/2 cup of chocolate morsels. Press evenly into greased pan. Smooth top with spatula.


Melt remaining peanut butter and remaining chocolate morsels in sauce pan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Spread over graham cracker crust in pan.

Refrigerate until chocolate is firm.

Cut into bars.



I may just bring this for Thanksgiving instead of a pie...

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I looooooove lemon bars! Here's a recipe that is always a huge hit when I make it. It's from a WTMer's blog, but I can't link to the source anymore because it's now private.


Creamy Lemon Bars



40 Nilla Wafers finely crushed

1 cup all purpose flour  

1â„2 cup firmly packed brown sugar  

1â„2 cup butter cold



2 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese

2 cup granulated sugar

4 eggs

1â„4 cup all purpose flour

1â„2 teaspoon lemon extract or lemon zest

1â„2 cup lemon juice

1â„2 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan (so you can easily lift it out before serving). Lightly spray the foil with non-stick spray and set aside.


In a bowl, combine Nilla Wafer crumbs, flour, and the brown sugar. Use a pastry blender to mix the cold butter into the crumb mixture. Press crumb mixture firmly on to the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.


While the crust is cooking, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add the eggs, 2 TBS flour, and baking powder then mix well. Blend in the lemon juice and then pour mixture over crust.


Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if you want, but it doesn't need any more sweetness) and store leftover squares in refrigerator.


And here are some things I've been wanting to try but haven't gotten around to yet:








HTH! Now I'm dying for something sweet...

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Probably pumpkin bars.  That is what I was googling before I decided to ask for help, lol. The pumpkin snickerdoodle bar looks really good though.  DH adores pumpkin pie, it's his favourite, so anything like that will be a big hit!


But gingerbread is my personal fave!  Maybe a great big gingerbread and just call it done!


That "Danish Puff Pastry" is interesting. It's a crust covered in an almond flavoured pate choux.  I've never heard of using pate choux like that. It's very intriguing. I've been meaning to teach ds2 how to make it,so that might be a good opportunity.  I might give that a try soon, so thanks!



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This might not be exactly what you are looking for, since it's not a cake pan dish, but how about scones? They are quick and simple, and you can easily eat them with your fingers. My favorite has always been reverse chocolate chip, but you can add just about anything to a basic scone recipe (nuts, chips, dried fruits...mmmm...)

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Thank you all for these great ideas!  I haven't decided yet, but I don't have much time.  I am seriously considering just picking at random because I can't go wrong no matter what I pick.


Thank all of you for posting recipes and links. I have lots of really good ideas and I might just give them all a try over the next couple months. I have lots of baking opportunities coming up!


Thank you!

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